Common Law Honour Society

Established in 2003, the Common Law Honour Society is the most prestigious alumni distinction presented by the Faculty of Law, Common Law Section.

The men and women selected by their peers for induction into the Common Law Honour Society have used their legal education as a foundation for the achievement of great success. They each exemplify the values of leadership, excellence and community that are the hallmarks of the Common Law Faculty.

Nominations for 2019 open on October 1, 2019 and close November 17, 2019. To nominate a uOttawa Common Law graduate, you must fill out our nomination form and complete a nomination package that includes: (1) nomination letter; (2) the nominee’s CV; (3) up to three letters of support; and (4) any additional supporting materials (media reports, etc.). The nomination package shall not exceed 20 pages.

All nominations shall be valid for 2 years. Re-nominations may be submitted after 2 calendar years.

Common Law Honour Society

We acknowledge the work of the members of the Founders Committee in 2003 in creating the Common Law Honour Society: Judith L. Allen (LL.B. 1987), Daniel Boivin (LL.B. 1991), Jan-Marie Divok (LL.B. 1990), Hon. Jean-Marc Labrosse (LL.B. 1960), David J. McGuinty (LL.B. 1986), Allen R. O’Brien (LL.B. 1973), Annamie Paul (LL.B. 1995), Brian P. Smeenk (LL.B. 1977).


Terence P. Badour (2010)
Hon. Michel Bastarache (2003) Order of Canada
Katie Black (2017)
Sheila R. Block (2003)
Margaret Bloodworth (2003) Order of Canada
Jean-Paul (J-P.) Bisnaire (2011)
Bruce Carr-Harris (2007)
Ronald Caza (2007) Order of Ontario
Hon. James B. Chadwick (2003)
Michael Chambers (2008)
Hon. Louise V. Charron (2003) Order of Canada
May Cheng (2014)
Peter Chiarelli (2017)
Claudette Commanda (2009)
Murray Costello (2006) Order of Canada
Hon. Paul Crampton (2018)
Pierre de Neuville Richard (2017)
Perry Dellelce(2015)
Alan D'Silva (2015)
Michael Edelson (2011)
Maxine Ethier (2016)
Hon. Lee K. Ferrier (2012)
Michelle Flaherty (2008)
Craig Forcese (2016)
Josée Forest-Niesing (2013)

Karin Galldin (2013)
Hon. Alban Garon (2003)
Shirley Greenberg (2003) Order of Canada & Order of Ontario
Lawrence Greenspon (2009)
Mary Gusella (2006)
Hon. Charles T. Hackland (2013)
Howard Hampton (2007)
Susan Haslip (2007)
Shirley Heafey (2008)
Jay S. Hennick (2003) Order of Canada
Penny Hossack Collenette (2010)
T. Gregory Kane (2009)
Kathleen Keller-Hobson (2017)
Myles Kirvan (2014)
Vahan Kololian (2015)
Hon. Jean-Marc Labrosse (2004)
Jean Lash (2016)
Nicole LaViolette (2006)
Anne Levesque (2015)
Lise Maisonneuve (2015)
Hon. John Manley (2003)  Order of Canada
André Marin (2012)
Peggy Mason (2003)
Hon. Dalton J.P. McGuinty (2004)

Maureen McTeer (2008)
Hon. Monique Métivier (2009)
David Nahwegahbow (2010)
Aissa Nauthoo (2010)
Camille Nelson (2003)
Michelle O'Bonsawin (2018)
Allan R. O’Brien (2005)
Hon. Paul Okalik (2003)
Annamie Paul (2005)
Janice Payne (2012)
Rose-Marie Perry (2008)
Robert Pitfield (2006)
Audrey P. Ramsay (2018)
Karen Restoule (2014)
Hon. Allan Rock (2003) Order of Ontario
Margaret A. Ross (2004)
Hon. Paul S. Rouleau (2005)
Dr. John R. Rudolph (2005)
David W. Scott (2003) Order of Canada
M. Bernard Syron (2007)
Gabriel Tsampalieros (2003)
Hugh Verrier (2014)
Karin Wells (2011)




Common Law Honour Society Inductees

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Chief Justice Paul Crampton (LL.B. 1985) 

Chief Justice Paul Crampton graduated from the combined LL.B. / M.B.A program in 1985, and went on to receive an LL.M. from the University of Toronto in 1987 before being called to the Bar of the Law Society of Upper Canada that same year. He began his career as a Special Advisor to the Commissioner of Competition, and would go on to become Chief Justice of the Federal Court (2011) and a member of the Canadian Judicial

Justice Crampton is a Former Chair of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce’s Task Force on Competition Law; former Co-Chair of the American Bar Association’s International Antitrust Committee (Section of International Law); and former Chair of the Mergers Committee of the National Competition Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association. He was also a core member of the Competition Principles Working Group of the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC) and co-authored a report entitled PECC Principles for Guiding the Development of a Competition Driven Policy Framework for APEC Economies,which was endorsed by the APEC Ministers in September 2000.

Justice Crampton has been awarded a number of honours and distinctions throughout his career, including the Queen’s Jubilee Medal (2002) and Lauréat, Arts et Sciences Humaines, l’Université du Québec à Trois Rivières (2013). He was ranked among the top 10 competition lawyers under the age of 45 worldwide in a 1998 survey by the Global Competition Review; was included in the 2006 Lexpert-Thomson Guide to the Leading 100 Creative Lawyers in Canada; the 2008 Lexpert American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada; Chambers Global’s 2008 Guide to The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business Law; Business Research’s 2007 International Who’s Who of Competition Lawyers, and the International Financial Law Review’s 2008 Guide to the World’s Leading Lawyers. He was also rated in highest category (AV) of Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Ratings (2008).


Justice Michelle O’Bonsawin (LL.B. 1998)

Justice Michelle O’Bonsawin graduated from the University of Ottawa’s French Common Law program with an LL.B. in 1998, and was called to the bar of the Law Society of Upper Canada in 2000. She went on to earn a LL.M. from Osgoode Hall, and is in the process of completing her PhD in law at the University of Ottawa.Currently, Justice O’Bonsawin presides with the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Eastern Region.


Justice O’Bonsawin is a former Member of the Executive Committee of the board of governors at the University of Ottawa, as well as of the Aboriginal Legal Services at the University of Ottawa Legal Aid Clinic.

She has received numerous awards and recognitions, including a nomination for the Laura Legge Award (January 2017); was profiled in Tête à tête: Improving Understanding in the Nation’s Courtrooms (September 2016); was the recipient of Lexpert magazine’s Rising Stars Award honouring Canada’s leading lawyers under 40 (2013), and was recognized as a leading businesswoman by Canada Post Corporation on International Women’s Day (2008). She has also been profiled as having significant leadership potential in the field of law by Laurentian University magazine (2006).

Throughout her career Justice O’Bonsawin has been active in community involvement, and is an Abenakis member of the Odanak First Nation.


Audrey P. Ramsay (LL.B. 1993)

Audrey Ramsay was called to the Ontario bar in 1995. She received a double Honours Bachelor of Arts degree (Political Science and French) from Wilfrid Laurier University in 1989 and her Bachelor of Laws degree from Ottawa University in 1993. She is currently an Associate at Blouin Dunn LLP.

Since her call to the Bar, she has handled a broad range of insurance defence work including commercial, professional negligence, property and casualty, and automobile insurance (both tort and accident benefits). Audrey is preferred counsel to the Lawyers
Professional Indemnity Company (LawPRO).

Ms. Ramsay is a member of the Civil Rules Committee and is involved in a number of professional organizations. She is currently Chair of the Ontario Bar Association (OBA) Awards Committee and a member of the OBA Council. She has also held numerous positions within the OBA including: Past Chair of the Insurance Law Executive; Member of the Board of Directors; Chair of Professional Development, Chair of Sections; Chair of the Civil Litigation Section; Vice-Chair of both the Insurance Law Executive and the Civil Litigation Executive and Public Affairs Liaison on the Insurance Law Executive. Ms. Ramsay was also Chair of Counsel Forum at the Financial Services Commission of Ontario.

Ms. Ramsay was awarded the Linda Adlam Manning Award in 2010 for volunteerism by the OBA as she has been, and continues to be, heavily involved with advocacy and community groups. She is currently a member of the Advocates Society, the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers, the Canadian Defence Lawyers, the International Association of Defense Counsel, the Medico-Legal Society of Toronto, the Toronto Lawyers Association, and the Women’s Law Association of Ontario. She is also Chair of the NourishHOPE Committee which supports the work of the International Justice Mission.

Common Law Honour Society 2017

The Faculty of Law, Common Law Section is pleased to announce that Katie Black (J.D. 2009), Peter Chiarelli (LL.B. 1991), Pierre de Neuville Richard (LL.B. 1970) and Kathleen Keller-Hobson (LL.B. 1979) will be inducted into the Common Law Honour Society for 2017.
These four individuals have used their legal education as a foundation for the achievement of great success in their chosen professions.

Katie Black (J.D. 2009)

Katie Black graduated magna cum laude from the University of Ottawa in 2009. She received numerous awards during her time at uOttawa and published in the areas of privacy and tort law. After graduation, Katie obtained the coveted articling position of clerking for the Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, P.C., Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada.
Katie was called to the Bar in 2010, and began her legal career with Heenan Blaikie LLP before becoming a Partner with CazaSaikaley LLP. During her time at CazaSaikaley, she practiced in all areas of civil and appellate litigation, including commercial, administrative and constitutional law. In addition to her practice, Katie has truly enjoyed her role as an Adjunct Professor, teaching contract law to first year law students at the University of Ottawa. 
In 2016, Katie was appointed to serve as the Judicial Affairs Advisor to the Honourable Minister of Justice, Jody Wilson-Raybould. In this capacity, she helped reform the federal judicial appointment process to increase the openness, transparency, accountability, and diversity of Canada's judiciary. During Katie’s time as Judicial Affairs Advisor, Minister Wilson-Raybould made more judicial appointments than any other justice minister in decades, fifty percent of whom were women and 20 percent of whom were from traditionally underrepresented groups in Canada’s judiciary.
Katie has performed extensive work on behalf of her community, and has engaged other lawyers to do the same. She co-created and founded the Refugee Sponsorship Support Program (SSP), a national organization of over 1,200 pro-bono lawyers and students across twelve cities in Canada. In 2016, the County of Carleton Law Association awarded her its prestigious Gordon F. Henderson Award in recognition of her contribution to the welfare of the community. And, in 2017, Katie was awarded the Ontario Bar Association’s inaugural David C. Scott Pro Bono Award for Pro Bono Law.

Peter Chiarelli (LL.B. 1991)

Peter Chiarelli is the General Manager and President of Hockey Operations for the Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club. He oversees and manages all aspects of hockey operations, including the NHL team, its American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, scouting, and prospects.
A lifelong sports enthusiast, Mr. Chiarelli has been involved in hockey since his minor hockey playing days in the Ottawa community. He was recruited to study and play hockey at Harvard College, where he served as team captain during his senior year in 1987. Mr. Chiarelli continued to play the sport as he completed his law degree at the University of Ottawa.
Upon obtaining his degree in 1991, Mr. Chiarelli practiced small and medium business law and worked as a player agent before joined the Ottawa Senators as their Director of Legal Relations in 1999. He eventually rose to the position of Assistant General Manager with the club, and in 2006, he became the General Manager of the Boston Bruins.
Mr. Chiarelli spent nine seasons with the Bruins. He was named NHL Executive of the Year in 2009, and the Bruins won the Stanley Cup in 2011. His team would again reach the Stanley Cup finals in 2013. Mr. Chiarelli also served as Assistant General Manager to the 2014 Canadian Olympic Men’s Hockey Team, which won the gold medal in Sochi, Russia.
Mr. Chiarelli has maintained his pride as a Faculty of Law alumnus, returning on numerous occasions to speak to students, and assisting in Alumni functions.

Pierre de Neuville Richard, QC (LL.B. 1970)

Pierre de Neuville Richard graduated from the Faculty of Common Law in 1970, where he received the gold medal for highest standing in the Faculty. Mr. Richard then graduated from Harvard University with an LL.M. in 1971. After being called to the Bar of Ontario in 1973, Mr. Richard spent nearly 40 years practicing in Ottawa, primarily in business and corporate law. He was a Partner at Gowling and Henderson, and later a Senior Partner at Lang Michener. He retired from the profession in 2013.
Mr. Richard became well recognized for his strategic planning, alliance-building and relationship management abilities. A fluently bilingual and skilled communicator, he advised numerous private sector clients and governments on matters of governance, healthcare and francophone issues.
Mr. Richard played a tremendous role in shaping the Ottawa business community. He was the Founding Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Ottawa General Hospital, and played a major role in the hospital’s oversight. He was also the Founding Chair of the Ottawa Eye Institute, and he served as Chair of the Ottawa General Hospital Foundation, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, La Cité Collégiale, the Association of Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology of Ontario and Public Health Ontario.
Mr. Richard was the non-executive chair of the Hydro Ottawa Group of Companies from 2004-2013, guiding the company through continuous profitable years. He was also active on the boards of the National Capital Commission, the Ottawa Congress Centre and the Ottawa Housing Authority.

Kathleen Keller-Hobson (LL.B. 1979)

Kathleen Keller-Hobson graduated from the Faculty of Law in 1979 and, after being called to the Bar in 1981, went on to become a senior partner and business lawyer at three of Canada’s leading law firms: Torys (1979-2006), Bennett Jones (2006-2011), and Gowlings (2011-2014).
During her 35-year legal career, Ms. Keller-Hobson was a trusted advisor to multi-national corporations, global financial institutions, and Canadian and foreign governments on public and private mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance transactions, and securities law and corporate governance matters.  She developed broad international experience, establishing the Torys’ London, England office in 1986 and serving as Managing Partner, resident in London for almost 10 years, and thereafter continuing to represent clients in Europe, the Middle East and the United States on cross-border transactions.
Since retiring from the legal profession, Ms. Keller-Hobson serves as the Lead Independent Director of CCL Industries Inc., and as a member of the Board of Directors of Premium Brands Holding Corporation, both TSX-listed issuers, and is also a member of the Board of Directors of The Greater Toronto Airports Authority.
Ms. Keller-Hobson has been a strong supporter of the University and the Faculty of Law. She has assisted the Faculty in fundraising efforts, is a member of the Campaign Cabinet for the University’s “Defy the Conventional” Campaign, and together with her husband who is also an alumnus of the Faculty, endowed a scholarship at the Faculty of Law providing financial assistance to first- and second-year students.

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